Sleep Disturbances in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury
Ozlem Altindag*, Hilal Karagullu, Ali Gur
Gaziantep University Research Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gaziantep, Turkey
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ozlem Altindag, MD.
Gaziantep University Research Hospital
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Received Date: July 17, 2014; Accepted Date: September 5, 2014; Published Date: September 15, 2014
Citation: Altindag O, Karagullu H, Gur A (2014) Sleep Disturbances in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury. Orthopedic Muscul Syst 3: 164. doi: 10.4172/2161-0533.1000164
Copyright: © 2014 Altindag O, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Sleep problems in rehabilitation patients have not yet understood. Age, physiological, or environmental condition may affect sleep habits. Sleep problems occur frequently in the general population, and are even more common in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). SCI patients have restless sleep, complain of spasms, difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep, snoring, often awaking in the early hours of the morning and are unable to fall asleep again, and during the day time they are tired and sleepy.
Patients with SCI often say they sleep less or don?t feel rested when they wake up. Studies have been reported that sleep disturbances have potential negative impact and sleep disorders can hinder the rehabilitation process and affect global outcomes in patients with spinal cord injury.
It is important to assess the presence of sleep problems in SCI patients, and to provide effective treatments when indicated for their compliance of rehabilitation program and increasing quality of life.